Football expert Ryan Elliott has picked out a 4/1 double for Friday's Champions League action!
Juventus v Lyon - 20:00
First up, I’m backing Juventus to beat Lyon at home with a -1 handicap.
Juve lost 1-0 in France back in February, and the absence of an away goal means they have quite a sizeable task on Friday, but I’m backing them to beat Lyon by at least two goals in Turin.
Maurizio Sarri’s side ended the season with a bit of a whimper, but that’s primarily due to having half an eye on this game and the title being already wrapped up; they still won 16 of their 19 home games all season, and with Cristiano Ronaldo in the side, there’s always a good chance he’ll drag them over the line (not to mention the rest of the world class players they possess).
Lyon have only played one competitive game since March, so there will be a degree of ring rust, and back-to-back Champions League defeats against Benfica and Zenit will give Juve plenty of encouragement.
Man City v Real Madrid - 20:00
Finally, I’m backing a Real Madrid win/draw double chance at a pretty generous 5/4 against Man City.
While City won the first-leg 2-1 at the Bernabeu, I can’t help but feel Real are being written off here. They are, of course, Spanish champions, and won 10 of their last 11 league games, only drawing the last after the title was wrapped up and key players were rested.
Zinedine Zidane’s side also conceded just 25 goals all season, and when you look at City’s record in Europe, it seems crazy that such battle-hardened opponents are as long as 5/4 for this double chance – particularly because Pep Guardiola only requires a draw!
City are obviously formidable at home, but looking at how Arsenal beat them in the FA Cup, they’re hardly invincible.